Catacombs Of The Capuchins Or Catacombe Dei Cappuccini, Palermo

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Address: Piazza Cappuccini, 1, Palermo, Italy

Phone: +39-0916524156

Ticket Price: 3 EUR

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About Catacombs Of The Capuchins Or Catacombe Dei Cappuccini, Palermo

‘Catacombs of the Capuchins’- the one of its kind museum of Mummies and has a strange but unique charm that makes it one of the most visited places in Palermo.  Initially only the monks were availed the facility to be preserved after death but later, it became a status symbol for the local lords and rich society to be preserved forever.

With the hidden formula of Professor Alfredo Salafia which was recently discovered, the bodies were mummified. This took place for a long period of 16th century to early 20th century. The catacombs contain about 8000 mummies that line the walls. The halls are divided into categories: Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. Some bodies are better preserved than others according to how well they are taken care of by their families by paying donations to the place.

The most famous mummy is of a two year old girl named Rosalia Lombardo who died in 1920. She is one of the last individuals to be mummified and is termed as “Sleeping Beauty”. According to a recent study, all her organs were intact in an X-ray.

A weird but a one-of-its kind place.

Catacombs Of The Capuchins Or Catacombe Dei Cappuccini Information

  • Do not photograph without permission.
  • Not suitable for kids.

How To reach Catacombs Of The Capuchins Or Catacombe Dei Cappuccini by Public Transport

  • Metro or bus

Restaurants Near Catacombs Of The Capuchins Or Catacombe Dei Cappuccini

  •  La Cubana
  •  Trattoria Palermo - Mamma Ciccina

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  • A most unusual find. Hundreds of mummified bodies lining the walls, embalmed from as early as the 16th century. Entrance was only €3 pet person. A must see. Take the hop on hop off yellow bus "open aitour" , get off at stop 8 and it's a 15 minutes walk north east.

  • If you aren't a easy scary person, that will be a amazing experience! The entrance are only 3€ . And you can see 1252 mummies. Inside are diferents places with rooms for kids mummies, woman, priests, officers, virgins. And, in the end you can se the most news mummies, and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUMMI IN THE WORLD : ROSALIA LOMBARDO.

  • people should learn this is a prayer / meditation place. you are supposed to behave properly. not to shout, not to make growls or zombie talk. that is, to respect the place and the other visitors. the meaning of the catacombe is to remind you you shall also be dead: and i wish for you the sooner the least respect you pay to the ones buried there.

  • Very interesting place to visit. It's a bit creepy to see the bodies of children, but definitely a unique experience. The entrance is €3 and you can't take pictures.

  • The entrance is a bit hard to find but it's definitely worth a visit. I'd be careful when taking children as it can get a bit scary for them, seeing all the dead people hanging from the walls. The place is missing information on history and there are no explanations concerning the process of mummification. It's advisable to do some reading in guidebooks/on the internet beforehand, if interested. Photographs are not allowed down in the Catacombs.

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